Voters to decide whether McHenry County coroner should be elected or appointed

A shadow of uncertainty has been cast on the future of the McHenry County coroner’s office amid debates over whether its leader should be elected or appointed. That decision will now be in the hands of voters next fall. The county board voted 15-7 this week to place a binding question on the Nov. 3 [Read More]

Franks: McHenry County property tax rebate program a ‘grand slam’ for taxpayers

WOODSTOCK – More than 52,000 McHenry County homeowners applied to receive a property tax rebate from the Valley Hi Nursing Home fund surplus, county officials said Thursday. The county-run facility’s abundant reserves of nearly $40 million have been heavily debated for years. This spring, county board members authorized allocating $15 million toward a rebate program, [Read More]

McHenry County Board authorizes $15 million property tax rebate

McHenry County homeowners can apply to recoup just under 30 percent of last year’s county government property tax bill. The county board Tuesday voted 18-6 authorizing a $15 million property tax rebate from Valley Hi Nursing Home’s abundant reserves — an issue several board members have talked about for years. The county-run nursing home has [Read More]

Springfield is Broken

Jack Franks Trying to Take Lawmakers Out of District Mapping Process

Mike Riopell on April 18th, 2016: The proposal from state Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat, is asking lawmakers to take themselves out of the process that draws the borders of the districts from which they’re elected. Instead of lawmakers and a governor redrawing the map after every census, the Illinois Supreme Court would appoint [Read More]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

Jack Franks’ Bill Banning New Layers of Government Passes

Mike Riopell on December 27th, 2015: Read their lips: No new government. Lawmakers voted to ban themselves from creating new local governments for the next four years, a nod to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s efforts to consolidate. The legislation from Connelly and Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo wouldn’t apply to creating a new government [Read More]